The Depiction of Auras in Culture
We see auras depicted as halos surrounding the heads of holy figures in paintings. And perhaps you hear friends claiming that they can see auras.
The Times of India says this about auras:
Every person and every molecule of his body emits energy. To be able to see that is simply about tuning in to a certain level of consciousness. Though aura as a subject is seen to stand in polarization to modern-day science, scientists now are beginning to believe in energies. Various experiments are being conducted and many point towards the belief that this world and every living or nonliving thing that inhabits it is affected by the energies that surround it.
Ancient Persia had their own word for the human aura: farr. The literal translation of the word is glory. Related words in the ancient world refer to peace, happiness, abundance, and fortune. Farr was understood as a divine mystical force or power.
The ancient Persians sometimes depicted their royalty surrounded by the aura which they knew as farr.
Scientific Documentation of Auras
A Russian electrical engineer developed Kirlian photography, a process that many see as showing the aura of human beings and other life forms.
The image on the right is of a human finger.
Kirlian photograph of a leaf.
In the 1960s, MIT nuclear physicist, David Cohen, conducted pioneering experiments on the human energy field using a Superconducting Quantum Interference Device, referred to as SQUID. It measured the biomagnetism of the human body.
Vibrational Energy Emanating From the Heart
The HeartMath Institute documents numerous scientific studies that document the human energy field. They found the heart to be a powerful source of vibrational energy they can measure from several feet away.
HeartMath found that there is a vibrational interchange between people:
In the HeartMath study, The Electricity of Touch: Detection and Measurement of Cardiac Energy Exchange Between People, researchers set out to determine whether the heart’s electromagnetic field, as measured by an electrocardiogram (ECG), in one individual could be detected and measured in another person when the pair either were seated within about three feet of each other or held hands.
Heart-Centered Meditation and the Emanation of Visible Light
It is widely known that life forms typically emit low levels of light. When it is at higher levels, biologists refer to it as bioluminescence.
A scientific research study from the University of Kassel in Witzenhausen, Germany showed that it is possible to produce highly increased levels of visible light from the chest area under certain conditions.
- A heart-centered meditation technique
- A specific person with an actual need must be identified as a receiver of the transmitted light.
They documented that under these conditions, there was a sustained light emission of 100,000 photons per second. This is in contrast to 20 photons per second without meditation
Seeing Auras Around the Human Body
Many people claim to see or read the human aura. Even though these claims are dismissed by some, the people who see them speak in great detail about what they see.
Colors of the Aura
Many report auras appearing in a rainbow spectrum of color, attributing specific attributes to each color.
In the study of the human energy field, colors are associated with the energy centers within the field.
The colors of the aura are an indication that the human energy field is capable of vibrating with a range of frequencies. There are the lower frequencies, associated with the lower energy centers. And there are the higher frequencies, associated with the higher energy centers.
What Is an Aura?
There is clearly a global fascination with auras. It dates back to ancient times, and continues to this present moment. It extends from Western culture to Asia and around the world. The human aura is portrayed in art and studied by science.
But what is it?
Modern science can observe, study, and measure phenomena that are external to our immediate human experience. The contribution of science can sometimes point to what we might experience firsthand as a human being.
Sometimes science can indicate elements that are important to our mental and emotional health, and our well-being. It helps us understand factors that are important for the health of our physical body. But still, for us to develop a deep knowledge and understanding of the most significant elements of life, we have to see them from the standpoint of our own first-person experience.
As someone who has had a lifelong interest in Attunement and the human energy field—and as someone who has seen auras since my teenage years—this is what I’ve come to know.
Our Energetic Bubble
Clearly, you and I live within an energetic bubble. That is not only a matter proven by modern science. It is something we experience every day.
The nature of that energy can fluctuate. It is affected by many factors—physical health, emotional mood, and mental attitude to name a few. But however it is affected, it is a real thing in our lives.
This energetic bubble is generated over a lifetime. Everything we do, think, feel, and say affects it. We can build it up. And we can tear it down through negative emotions, destructive thoughts, and behaviors that erode the health of our physical body.
The most significant factor is our Attunement with the source of energy that generates the bubble.
When our energetic body is healthy, our aura is radiant. Positive energy emanates from us to other people and to the life forms around us. This is not the energy that powers a car or heats your home. It is a subtle energy that invigorates the physical body, buoys the heart, and inspires the mind.
This energy may be embodied in the words we speak, the actions we take, and in our body language and thoughts. But nonetheless, the radiance of our aura is a reality in and of itself. Beyond all the forms in which it can appear, this subtle energy is felt intuitively by the people around us. Our pets and our houseplants respond to it. People are either attracted to it or repelled by it.
Subtle energy is what people are referring to when they speak about good vibes or the atmosphere of a place.
Pneumaplasm: A Name for the Human Aura
Various spiritual traditions have their own name for the human aura. Each name tends to emphasize different properties of the human energy field and the subtle energy that moves through it.
As mentioned above, in ancient Persia the word was farr. And other surrounding cultures had related names for the human aura.
The Chinese word for life force is chi, literally meaning breath.
Prana is a Sanskrit word for breath or life force.
In the ancient Hawaiian culture, the life force is ha, which means breath.
Attunement practitioners have a word for the substance through which animating energy moves—for the aura. That word is pneumaplasm. Our word for the animating energy itself is Spirit. And you will never guess the origin of the word Spirit. Breath.
The spiritual traditions around the world have more in common than we might have thought.
The Significance of the Human Aura in the Attunement Process
As an Attunement Practitioner, the human aura is a vital factor in the Attunement process. A healthy aura allows the source of life within a person to activate vibrations at all levels of human experience.
The highest levels of vibration are associated with the pineal and pituitary glands, two endocrine glands within the brain that release powerful hormones directly into the bloodstream. The pineal and pituitary glands create the energy center referred to as the Third Eye in Asian traditions.
The lowest level of vibration is associated with the gonads—the ovaries in women and the testes in men. They are endocrine glands that play a vital part in the development of the physical body and human sexuality.
All levels of vibration, from high to low, are vital to the Attunement experience. When the vibrational gateways associated with the endocrine glands are open, the higher centers play a vital part in activating and governing the lower centers. And the lower centers create an ascending energy that powers the higher centers. This ascending and descending energy lights up the human aura.
Deep Mindfulness Meditation and the Human Aura
In the 20th century, a growing awareness of the mind-body connection grew in Western culture, spurred on by scientific discovery. But the mind and body are only two facets of our human experience that is actually far more complex than that.
What happens in a person’s mind and body affects a person’s emotions. And emotions affect the human spirit and a person’s actual experience of spirituality. In fact, a person’s emotional state can open a person to the source of spiritual power within them, or shut down the gateways to that power.
A practice of deep mindfulness meditation can change a person’s emotional awareness and openness and allow spiritual energies to reactive their aura.
A Healthy, Radiant Aura Leads to a Happy, Fulfilling Life